Yes, I agree. If Seven were planning on changing it, I think they most likely would’ve done so to coincide with the start of this year’s AFLW or AFL seasons.
While the regional affiliates in most areas still need to catch up, having a fulltime HD simulcast of Seven’s main channel (as the case is with the main channels of Nine, Ten, the ABC and SBS) available in all markets is a win for common sense. At least the AFL can be seen in HD everywhere even if you do have to pay for it, the same couldn’t be said for Seven’s main channel if the two tier strategy was to continue.
So yeah, I think Sydney can now keep calm and continue watching Fergo present the 6pm news in HD!